Angola Prison Report by Donal Chance

What a wonderful day we live in to be working for God and to be a small part of what God is doing through the School of Christ under the leadership of President, Robert Turnage, Sister Brenda, and their staff.

Warden Burl Cain called my son, Pastor Donal Chance Jr., to come to his office at Angola Prison two years ago. Warden Cain said to him, “All I hear about among the inmates in the Angola Camps is the School of Christ, Bible Tabernacle (Pastor Donal Chance Sr. Church), and New Life Ministries (Pastor Donal Chance Jr. Church.) What are you doing to make such an impact upon these inmates?” Pastor Chance Jr. said to him, “We are only lifting up Jesus and trying to help the inmates.”

Warden Cain was so impressed with the changes he was seeing in the inmates that he asked Pastor Duke Downs and myself to come and minister to his prison pastors. I asked Warden Cain was there something special he wanted us to minister to and his response was, “Minister to them in such a way that when they go to other prisons they will be missionaries.” The School of Christ has been the tool through which God has used to make all of this happen.

Just over two months ago our first missionary was sent from Angola to a prison in Winnfield, LA. Missionary Filds has already made an impact in the Winnfield Prison in the short time he has been there. The Chaplain has now asked us to come and do a two-night revival at Angola. There is a great move of God in Angola State Penitentiary. All for the Glory of God!

Russia Report by Joel Pledge

We held our first ten-day School of Christ Pentecost Conference in Western Russia and we invited everyone that was thirsty for a renewal of Pentecost to join us. The speakers were Andrey Sekhin, the area director for the School of Christ; Roman Dombrauskas, graduate of the School of Christ in 1992 and leader of a major network of churches; and Joel Pledge, School of Christ Director over China since 1994.

The purpose of the Conference was three-fold. First, to renew the impact of the School of Christ in that region. Brother Clendennen preached the first School of Christ there in 1998 and many people remember the strong move of God that they experienced. They testified of its lasting impact on their lives and ministry.

Second, we wanted to renew the message of Pentecost in this area. For many years this area has been spiritually strong, they have planted many churches in the cities around Chita, Russia. However, in the last few years they have ceased planting churches and the existing churches are dying spiritually.

Third, we wanted to emphasize that the harvest is white and ready to be harvested. God is calling the Russian church to support missions through their prayers, intercession, their offerings, and by answering the call to go.

The Spirit of prayer and intercession permeated the Conference from the opening service. Hours were spent in the presence of God seeking His face, and desiring to see His Glory once more fall upon them. Many people were filled for the first time with the Holy Spirit. Many testified of being physically healed.

We presented two video messages from Pastor Clendennen that was taped in the 2006 Pray and Fasting Conference there. After the message, “The Blood, The Answer to Everything,” a woman rushed to the microphone weeping, and said that she felt a hand reach inside her body and remove a growth, the growth was gone! Another woman was healed of asthma. God moved powerfully every day.

We witnessed the Lord renew the Holy Spirit in the lives of the leaders. God renewed the call to reach the world for Christ. The alarm was sounded and the pastors and church leaders committed themselves to preaching the Gospel everywhere. The School of Christ has played an important part of the spiritual development in this region and we are excited to be able to refresh and renew the churches in faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The School of Christ had its beginnings in Moscow in 1992. Today we are hearing a call to return there to move the churches forward with God. Pastor Roman wants us to help his network of churches lay a firm foundation in the Word of God through the School of Christ. We have also been contacted by other ministries about training their ministers and workers. The School of Christ material is being used also to prepare workers who are entering missionary service. The opportunities are enormous!

Won’t you join with us in prayer for the restoration of the “Message of Pentecost” in Russia.

China Report by Andrea Sekhin

In March, we had four Conferences of the School of Christ in different cities of China. Due to circumstances in China, there were relatively few people who were able to attend. In the first Conference we had around 30 people, the next two we had 50 people in each, and in the last Conference we had about 100 people.

I am always amazed by the spiritual hunger of Chinese Christians. Uncomfortable chairs, very simple food, but they were always ready to listen to the Word of God all day long. In the pictures you can see that even during breaks they copy from each other’s notes. They don’t want to miss a single word.

In one Conference, Russian people that live in China attended and they were listening together with Chinese people. The Conferences were held at the beginning of the Chinese New Year, so it was a great spiritual start for the year.

All of God’s people were very blessed and they want to have the School of Christ for all of the leaders of their churches. It was so wonderful to see that the School of Christ is having such a wonderful effect in China.

Please, keep praying and giving for the Schools in China. We believe that this is a nation of missionaries and we will see many Chinese Christians go on the missionary fields of Asia. “Thank you” to all who are supporting the ministry in China. May the Lord bless you!